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day 46

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I must tell you I love getting these photos from my media archive of the bags in different places other than my home. This bag is a favorite by Jil Sander, a brand I only heard of by reading Vogue magazine back in the day. These bags retail at around $1,500, more or less. It made me wonder when saw it at Goodwill if maybe it was a fake. I remember thinking then the same thing I think today: Who would fake a bag by a brand lots of people haven’t heard of? And if they did, who would fake it with a suede interior?

The interior zipper pocket divides the bag so it’s not a cavernous hole, but not black because the interior is a light tan suede. The long straps go well over my shoulder but also allow it to work as a handbag – it doesn’t drag the ground. Thank goodness for my old posts to remind me that I paid $10 for this pebbled leather beauty.

As I did in 2013, I saved this bag until the end of the journey so that i wouldn’t use all of my favorite favorites in the beginning. On that 2013 Monday, I shared: Mondays are my day for errands, appointments for myself or the girls, and volunteering. I also try to catch my friend Jill for a commiserative chat about our high school seniors. Realization of the day – life comes at you fast. Take it slow as often as you can. Peace.

Now here we are at home, sheltering in place, and my youngest is now a senior. I’m a huge fan of NOT saying time flies. 2013 feels like seven years ago. Don’t let time fly. Slow down, pay attention, and savor it. Making the decision to do that 10 years ago changed my life dramatically. Allowing time to be exactly what it is – one minute is sixty seconds, one month is four or five weeks, one year is 325,600 minutes. It’s up to you how you experience it. Peace.

day 44

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Fossil vintage style frame bag in cream with a kiss clasp closure, two front pockets, and a short shoulder strap for when I want to look cute and not carry a lot of stuff. It’s much more beautiful than it is functional – when I put all my stuff inside, the clasp doesn’t stay closed. I keep scarves in it so it can hang out in my room and be attractive. I don’t remember where or when I got it other than that it was a thrift store.

day 35

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Today is a new day – as in today, I’m sharing a brand new bag. As in, I bought it new with the tags – so rare for me! Even though the tags are still on it, all my stuff is in there. Well, not my water bottle. But it’s cool, since this is the perfect size to throw into my new Hap Tim backpack.

In my backpack quest, I discovered the brand Sherpani. They make sustainable backpacks and ones for anti-theft. I recently got the Soleil AT from my daughter as a gift.
Now, I’m a fan of TJ Maxx. It’s known. Thank goodness, after their site was down for a couple of weeks, it came back up – but for browsing only. I loved it! It feels great to love a company that takes care of its employees and has the good sense to put them before their economics. The site finally came back up for shopping around a week ago, but only taking a few orders a day.

One of the companies in their family is Sierra, and one day they had a link saying, “if you really want to shop, go over there.” So I did. I searched for backpacks, and along the way, found this bag. The pattern is one I liked a lot – c’mon, I’m an 80s girl who loves colorblock – and it’s from Sherpani’s essentials collection, which is 100% recycled. They also do work to clean oceans, called the blue verve project. The bag was on sale for $24.99, around half off. I decided to try it.

The verdict is – I love it. It’s got an adjustable crossbody strap, two zipper pockets on the front, a side zipper on the back with an open pocket outside. Inside, a zipper pocket and two open pouches for phone and whatever else you need to keep organized. It’s even got the nerve to be RFID protected.

It’s the first brand new purse I’ve owned in a long time, and I plan to enjoy it. I’ll let you know how it holds up in about a year!

bag #22 

IMG_1911This cute Cole Haan shoulder bag would not be left behind in the St. Vincent de Paul a few weeks ago. This allows me to make a point: I often buy purses that I KNOW i’m not going to keep. I thought about selling them on eBay or wherever, but I’m much happier giving them away. So, I consider it a bag ministry.

This is a bag that may not translate well in the pictures, but the leather is beautiful. I love the details, especially the pocket on the back. It has a faint mark on the back of it but whatever – it’s super cute and you can’t go wrong with the color; it’s seasonless. Email me at 50favbags@gmail.com if you like it. IMG_1897 IMG_3864 IMG_2855